More bad news for Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.
According to Ed Werder of ESPN, doctors have found six more rib fractures. However, doctors have been encouraged by his recovery, specifically in terms of his lung function.
In a conversation tonight with Drew Brees, the Saints quarterback said that doctors have been encouraged by his progress — specifically improvement in lung function and the continued dissipation of the pneumothorax suffered last week. They’ve also discovered 6 more rib fractures.
— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) November 22, 2020
While the six extra ribs being broken isn't a good sign for anyone, his recovery seems to be coming along. Drew Brees still has a long way to go, as the minimum amount of time he is expected to miss is three weeks. Taysom Hill, rather than Jameis Winston, has been announced by Sean Payton as the starting quarterback for the Saints during Brees' absence.
Prior to the injury, Brees had thrown for 2,196 yards and 18 touchdowns. The Saints are currently in first place in the NFC South at 7-2. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are half a game behind them at 7-3.
The Saints will rely on Hill, who has been used as a special dual-threat gadget player for his entire NFL career thus far. For what it's worth, though, some speculate that the announcement of Hill as the starter may be a decoy, with Peyton looking to use both Winston and Hill at quarterback while Brees is out.
One thing is for sure, though: With the severity of Brees' injury, the Saints will more than likely be forced to run a completely different offense for at least the majority of the remainder of the campaign.